(Part of a series singing through the hymnbook I grew up with: Great Hymns of the Faith)
We would see Jesus, for the shadows lengthen
Across the little landscape of our life;
We would see Jesus, our weak faith to strengthen
For the last weariness, the final strife.
We would see Jesus, the great rock foundation,
hereon our feet were set by sov’reign grace;
Not life nor death, with all their agitation,
Can thence remove us, if we see His face.
We would see Jesus — other lights are paling,
Which for long years we have rejoiced to see;
The blessings of our pilgrimage are failing:
We would not mourn them, for we go to Thee.
We would see Jesus — this is all we’re needing:
Strength, joy and willingness come with the sight;
We would see Jesus — dying, risen, pleading;
Then, welcome day! and farewell, mortal night!